Wine Tasting 5/31

The last tasting in May will feature 5 full flavored wines from Argentina, South Australia, Bordeaux France, California and Italy. They have earned great reviews and are terrific values.

In a country dominated by male winemakers, Susana Balbo stands out not only for her gender, but for her incredible skill and experience. She has been making wine since she earned her enology degree in 1981, and she has probably produced a wider variety of wines than any other winemaker in Argentina. Susana was the first Argentine winemaker to be hired as a consultant to make wine outside of Argentina. She has made wine in Australia, California, Chile, France, Italy, South Africa, and Spain, and she spends a month each year in a different wine region of the world studying with local winemakers and growers.

St Kilda wines are produced by De Bortoli Wines, based in Bilbul in the Riverina region of New South Wales. The company is owned by the De Bortoli family and is one of the largest privately owned companies in Australia. De Bortoli Wines was established in 1928 by Vittorio & Giuseppina De Bortoli. Today the company is in the capable hands of the third generation.

Bob Pecota once traveled the globe as a coffee buyer for Hills Brothers and MJB Coffee. After earning an undergraduate degree and an MBA in international business from the University of California at Berkeley, he switched careers, taking a job as a land acquisition manager and grape and bulk wine buyer for Beringer Vineyards in Napa Valley. Bob’s burgeoning interest in wine soon became a passionate quest to start his own winery. In 1974, he acquired 40 acres of vineyard land in the northern end of Napa Valley near Calistoga, and subsequently established Robert Pecota Winery in 1978.

 

Reached by a country lane which winds down approx. 2km from the charming little village of Sassofortino, Tuscany the Tenuta Aia Vecchia enjoys a position which is blissful both for its beauty, peace and its superb and open views. The setting of the property is idyllic, embedded in its own olive-groves, cork-oaks, centuries old chestnut trees and plenty of evergreen forests: the typical “macchia mediterranea”.

 

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday May 31st, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings

 

Crios de Susana Balbo Torrentes,  2010

Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of peach pit, white pear, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate, it has beautiful structure and acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc along with enticing fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed.

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue # 192 December 2010

BTG $6.00                                        Retail $14.99 

 

St Kilda Chardonnay, 2010

This fruit driven wine with crisp acid has been enhanced by lees stirring giving a great texture and balance to the mid palate. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it, leaving the stone fruit flavors to dominate.

BTG $5.00                                         Retail $9.99 

 

Chateau Baby, 2009

Merlot from its birthplace Saint Emilion – Bordeaux. Berry and dried-cherry fruit with structure, a bit of dust and stem.

BTG $ 5.50                                      Retail $12.99

 

Robert Pecota Petite Sirah, 2007

The 2007 Petite Sirah has aromas of blackberry jam with hints of mandarin orange. On your palate you will experience concentrated dark fruit, dark chocolate, graphite, tropical notes, ruby red grapefruit with chewy tannins.

BTG $ 8.50                                      Retail $21.99

 

Tenuta Aia Vecchia Lagone, 2007

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.

Lagone has a warm deep red color close to purple. Delicate aromas of Mediterranean wood and vanilla emphasize the structured and elegant taste with intense notes of wild berries, ripe juicy sour cherries and hints of sweet spices that leave the palate satisfied and pleasantly sweet and dry.

90 Points Wine Spectator issue October, 2009 Smart Buy

BTG $7.50                                     Retail $19.99

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